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There are many situations when the government has the right or the legal obligation to see your medical records. State agencies must keep records of births and deaths as well as registries of people who have been diagnosed with serious illnesses such as cancer or HIV. Typically, disclosures to the government do not require your authorization. (See Section 4 for some examples of when government officials can see your medical records.)
Many government-sponsored health programs such as those covering the military, veterans, and government employees are covered by the Privacy Rule. When personally identifiable health information is collected by the government, the federal Privacy Act also applies.
HHS, a federal government agency, may have access to your health records in connection with an investigation. The agency's Office of Civil Rights (OCR) reviews complaints about privacy violations. You might complain to the OCR, for example, that your HMO refused to give you a copy of your medical records. Then, OCR could request a copy of your records from your HMO as part of its investigation.
Does HIPAA create a government database of medical information?
Following is quoted from the HHS web site on the subject of medical databases:
Does the HIPAA Privacy Rule create a government database with all individuals' personal health information? Answer No. The Privacy Rule does not create such a government database or require a physician or any other covered entity to send medical information to the Federal government for a government database or similar operation.http://www.oppapers.com/essays/Change/441015

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